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South Africa Seeks to Move Corn Belt as Coal Gobbles Land

03 April 2015

South Africa’s biggest grains lobby said a lack of title deeds in the nation’s poorest province is hindering a plan to move the corn belt west as coal mines take over some of the best land for crops.

South Africa, the world’s biggest white-corn producer after Mexico, wants to raise annual output in the Eastern Cape ninefold to 1 million metric tons by 2018 as coal mining renders land unsuitable for farming in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy said in a report.

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